Dentures vs Implants

dentures vs implantsIf you are missing teeth, you are likely considering the benefits of traditional dentures vs implants. Dr. Wesley O. Lynch in Ruston, LA, can help you determine which restorative option is right for you. While both traditional and implant-supported dentures can restore health and function, implant-supported dentures provide unique benefits that make them an excellent investment in your health and happiness.

Candidacy

implant-supported crownPatients missing all or some of their teeth may be candidates for dental implants. Patients who currently have a traditional full or partial denture, and desire a more stable, permanent solution may also be candidates for dental implants restored with a denture. Patients should have sufficient tissue density in the jawbone to support implants, and should be free from periodontal disease. If bone tissue is not sufficient, or a patient has periodontal disease or some other oral health problem, he or she may undergo a bone graft to become eligible for implants. Candidates should be non-smokers, or be willing to quit before and after the procedure, be in good oral health, and be willing to continue proper oral hygiene and health practices following receiving dental implants.

traditional denturesMeanwhile, most patients missing all or some of their teeth are candidates for a traditional partial or full denture. Traditional dentures are a good restorative option for patients who are not candidates for dental implants. Dentures are also a more affordable treatment option, making them more accessible to a wider range of patients.

How They Work

Dental implant-supported dentures are a permanent restorative solution to replace the entire structure of missing teeth from the root to the crown. The implants are similar to screws and are made of titanium, surgically implanted into the jawbone. The implants act as artificial tooth roots and fuse to the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. Patients who qualify for dental implants will be referred to a specialist for the placement of the implants. It can take three to six months to heal after implant placement. Once healed, the patient returns to our office for the placement of his or her permanent dentures. 

Traditional dentures are removable. They are custom-made for a precise fit, restoring the function and appearance of a patient’s smile. They are placed once the gums have healed after tooth extraction. The healing process can take several weeks. Full dentures are held in place through natural suction and a denture adhesive. Partial dentures are held in place with a connective piece of metal or plastic attached to the remaining adjacent teeth.

While both traditional and implant-supported dentures can restore health and function, implant-supported dentures provide unique benefits that make them an excellent investment in your health and happiness.

Benefits

One of the most significant benefits of dental implants is that they act as your natural roots, improving your oral health by stopping the bone degeneration that follows tooth loss. Dental implants are stable, durable, and permanent, making their care and maintenance as simple as caring for your natural teeth. Dental implants increase your ability to chew and speak because they will never slip out of place.

Traditional dentures are a more affordable restoration alternative to dental implants, but have their drawbacks. Dentures do not require as long of a recovery and treatment period, and the function and appearance of your smile is restored sooner. Similar to dental implants, dentures will improve your ability to chew and speak comfortably, but remain prone to slippage. Traditional dentures cannot stop jaw atrophy, so they will need to be regularly adjusted to accommodate changes in your jaw.

Contact Us Today

If you are considering dentures, but wish to learn more about how implants can affect your results, contact us today and schedule your consultation. Dr. Lynch can explain your options to help you determine which restorative option is right for you.

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